The Heb – Race on the Edge is a multi-discipline, very achievable two-day Adventure Race for Solo competitors and Pairs (i.e. teams of 2, who will stay together throughout).
Competitors will not use support vehicles (leave ’em at the ferry!) – you will either move your equipment along the course yourself (i.e. you’ll be riding your bike!), or the race organisation will move equipment (e.g. bikes) between transition areas.
The course maps will be published in full before the race – no nasty surprises!.
We want everyone to have a great journey through the best of the Hebrides, finish at a reasonable time, and bite off as much as they can chew (and hopefully a little bit more!). Some checkpoints will be optional, but will carry a time adjustment to be added to your overall final time if you choose to miss them.
There will be sensible cut-offs and long course/short course options to make sure everyone stays in the race, and is finished at a sensible time for food, drinks, recovery, reliving tales of your day’s adventures, and on Sunday evening, the Heb Party!.
The Heb will be achievable – everyone will have fun, adventure and challenge in one of the most amazing places Europe has to offer.
Expect to be journeying for 2 long days, however, you will stop each night and there will be camping facilities, water etc. at each overnight.
PARTICIPANT NOTES AND RACE BOOK (2017 versions linked here for information – these will be updated prior to the 2018 event)
On quiet roads, beaches and straightforward trails. Bike choice is up to you, we think anything except a pure road bike will get round, and a hard-tail MTB with semi-slick tyres might be the optimum choice.
- Off-Road Running
There will be three or four running sections of varying lengths. Most will have ‘short course’ and ‘long course’ options that are entirely for you to decide. You can choose what suits your strengths and abilities, and helps you finish at a sensible time each day.
- Kayaking (inland lochs and less exposed sea lochs)
Again, this will be straightforward – no specialist skills required (though a bit of paddling experience won’t do you any harm). You will be using 2-person ‘Sit On Top’ boats – really easy to handle, and easy to get back on to should you fall in (you won’t!). The locations we’re using a spectacular, and very ‘Hebridean’, but will not be risky or dangerous.
Mostly very simple, though some optional checkpoints may require higher level navigation skills
COURSE SCHEMATICS and Maps
*All details TBC and subject to change at the organisers whim!
Equipment (DRAFT – SUBJECT TO CHANGE, AND WILL DEPEND ON FINAL COURSE DESIGN)
The full kit list will be developed over the time before race-day. Please see the Participant Notes for full details of requirements for the race.
race weekend schedule (DRAFT)
Fri 31st Aug @ 5pm – Ferry from Mallaig to Lochboisdale
Fri Eve – Arrive on Hebrides and transfer by coach and truck to campsite at Benbecula
Sat 1st Sept @ Morning – RACE DAY 1 STARTS!
Sat Day – Bike, Run and Kayak in Benbecula, North Uist and the incredible uninhabited inter-tidal island of Vallay
Sat Eve – Camp at Benbecula. Food!.
Sun 2nd Sept @ Morning – RACE DAY 2 STARTS!
Sun Day – Bike, Run and Kayak in South Uist
Sun Eve – Party! (at the Polochar Inn, with live music), Camp on South Uist
Monday 3rd Sept @ Early (yuk!) – ride to catch ferry back home from Lochboisdale